My own comments and tasting notes......
Yesterday, (Monday, 21 July 2008), I attended an afternoon press tasting of the wines of Veneto producer Tedeschi, the tasting held at the Tel Aviv branch of Derekh HaYain (Wine Route) in the company of Riccardo Tedeschi.
Located in the Valpolicella area on a site on which grapes have been cultivated since 1630 and owned by the Tedeschi family since 1824, the winery produces about 450,000 bottles annually. The Tedeschi wines are not new to Israel but now have found a new importer with Shaked, the owners of the Derekh HaYain chain of wine shops.
My tasting notes follow.
Tedeschi, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Veneto, 2006: Dark ruby towards garnet, developed for one year sur lie. Medium-bodied, with good balance between wood, soft tannins, acidity and fruit. On first attack strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, those on a lightly spicy and mineral background. If a wine can be described (in the positive sense) as "juicy", this is that wine. Drink now or in the next year or so. NIS 65 (about US$ 20) Score 87. (Tasted 21 Jul 2008)
Tedeschi, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Capitel dei Nicola, Veneto, 2005: Medium-bodied, with soft, gently mouth-coating tannins and hints of raisins and berries on the nose, opening in the glass to reveal an attractive array of berry, citrus peel, chocolate and licorice, all lingering nicely. On the finish a hint of raisined sweetness rises. Drink now-2009. NIS 95 (about US$ 29). Score 88. (Tasted 21 Jul 2008)
Tedeschi, Valpolicella Superiore Rosso, Vino di Ripasso, Veneto, 2005: Dark, almost inky garnet in color, with green and purple reflections. Medium- to full-bodied, with gripping but comfortable tannins in fine proportion with fruits and showing a tantalizing hint of sweetness that rises from mid-palate on. On the nose and palate red berries, strawberries and cassis on a light earthy background. Tempting, perhaps not so much with food as on its own or with a good cigar. Drink now-2011. NIS 100 (about US$30). Score 90. (Tastedd 21 Jul 2008)
Tedeschi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, 2003: Dark ruby towards garnet, full-bodied, with opening sweetness yielding with charm to bitter almond and bitter orange peel. On the nose and palate purple plums and floral notes supported nicely by overlays of figs and walnuts and, on the long finish a generous hints of leather and bitter-sweet chocolate. Long and delicious. Approachable and enjoyable now but best from 2010. NIS 230 (about US$ 70) Score 92. (Re-tasted 21 Jul 2008)
Tedeschi, Amarone della Valoplicella Classico, La Fabriseria, Veneto, 2003: Very tempting Amarone, with an enchanting interplay between sweetness and bitterness. Full-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely and showing fine balance and structure. On first attack dried currants and a note of cinnamon, those yielding to purple plums and blackberries, all on a background of black pepper and licorice and on the long finish irresistible notes of milk chocolate, Brazil nuts and raisins. Approachable now but best 2010-2025, perhaps longer. NIS 950 (about US$ 288) Score 94. (Tasted 21 Jul 2008)
Also tasted, two library wines – that is to say brought especially from the winery for this tasting but not available locally.
Tedeschi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Capitel Monte Olmi, Veneto, 2000: Almost inky garnet in color, reflecting its development in oak (French barriques for one year and another year in large Slovanian oak) with notes not so much of vanilla and spices as of tea and molasses. Full-bodied, with now well integrated tannins in fine balance with fruits and acidity. On first attack licorice and plums, those yielding comfortably to dried cherries, minerals and Mediterranean herbs all on a background of raisins and chocolate. When I first tasted this wine (11 Apr 2002), I wrote that it would be ready to drink by 2004; on the second tasting occasion (17 Oct 2006), I wrote that it was drinking beautifully; and now I'll say drink now but don't hesitate to cellar until 2020. Score 93. (Re-tasted 21 Jul 2008)
Tedeschi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Capitel Monte Olmi, Veneto, 1995: On the first two occasions that I tasted this wine, I promised a fine future but suggested holding the wine until 2007 to drink. How nice it is from time to time to be proven correct. Full-bodied, its once searing tannins and intense concentration now tamed and showing a rich berry, herbal and peppery character, those all on a background of raisins and earthy minerals, all leading to a super-long finish on which you will find not only raisins but dried apricots and dried apples. Luxurious, a wine for the true hedonist. Drink now-2018. Score 93. (Re-tasted 21 Jul 2008)